Coloring Stamped Images with Marker | How To’sday

This week we are treated to yet another awesome tutorial by Erica Bass. For those of you that love looking at stamping, want to know more about stamping, or are finally ready to take the full on plunge with stamping, Erica’s tutorial will definitely get you pointed in the right direction with coloring your stamped images with marker. Erica, take it away!

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This is for all you stampers out there that love to color in images or for the newbies that want to learn how to do that. I hope this tutorial helps you get the look that you’ve always wished you could create!


  • water-based markers in various shades
  • blender pen
  • watercolor paper

Step 1: Print or stamp out lined image on watercolor paper. I find that you can get away with this technique with heavy cardstock but
the watercolor paper helps blend the colors better and the paper doesn’t peel when you color over the same spot over and over.

Step 2:  I chose three shades of pink and red for the coat. Start with your lightest shade and color the whole area that is that color.

Step 3: Determine the angle the light is coming from and that is where you will leave a little of the lightest shade showing. Color over about 2/3 of the area with the next darkest color.

Step 4: Add touches of your darkest shade in the shadow areas of your picture. Sometimes stamps will give you hints as to the shadows by having extra lines.

Step 5: After you color in the different shades go over that whole area with the lightest color to blend it all together.

Step 6: In this image I had some trim of the girl’s coat that I wanted to be white. Even white has shadows so picked up some light blue with my blender pen and colored in just the spots I
wanted the shadows to be.

Step 7: To finish off your image go around the outside of the image with a pale color I picked up light blue with a blender pen and traced the image and then added a couple of shadows.

Finished card


another card using this technique

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As always, what a spectacular treat to be given a tutorial by the stampy diva, Erica Bass! Thank you Erica for sharing your talents with the ScrapbookSteals community.

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured as a How To’sday tutorial, we’d be happy to feature you. Simply send along text instructions and photos to and I will add you to the line up.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow for a little Mid Week Mojo!

Pink Paislee Nantucket | Monday Card Madness #70

Stamped Background

You’re trying to escape the winter blahs and have that stack of last year’s vacation photos sitting in front of you — but you’re not quite sure which beach scrapbook paper to use with them. If you missed out last time them, don’t delay on grabbing today’s steal, Nantucket by Pink Paislee. Not only is this collection filled with the perfect white-washed, weather-worn papers that are really full of versatility, but you’ll also be treated to honeycomb embellishments, stamps, gorgeous trims and more!

I was actually pretty thrilled when I found out that I would be able to make today’s cards using this collection. I had such a great time using them on the Mid Week Mojo Garnet 5 layout even though I’m pretty much short on beach photos! But isn’t that the sign of a wonderfully versatile collection? :)

The card maker in me was absolutely in love with the little honeycomb embellishments that are a part of the collection so I decided to use them as the emphasis of the design of this weeks card.

Pink Paislee Nantucket

I even got a little crazy (for those of you that know my fear of stamping) and stamped backgrounds to a couple of the cards. I have to admit, I adore how it turned out.

Stamped Background Stamped Background 2

I flipped the orientation of the sketch and even used a stamp for the sentiment on this card.

Stamped Sentiment

And on my final card I used one of the wooden embellishments and lightly inked it to give it a little dimension. A splash of yellow ribbon to the top and my card was complete!

I adore these papers, embellishments and trims and can’t wait for spring to finally arrive so that I can take some photos specifically to go with these papers.

Another month has passed and that means it’s time to announce the random winner of the January Monday Card Madness participants. A huge shout out and thank you goes out to Kelly Marks!

Kelly, thank you so much for sharing your cards with us so often. It’s always a treat to see what you create. If you will please send an email with your address to we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

As far as being eligible for the February random Monday Card Madness drawing, all you need to do is complete any (or all) of the Monday Card Madness sketches, post your creation to our fan page or your own personal blog, then leave a link on this blog to that creation no later than 11:59 PM MST on Friday, March 2nd, 2012.

We are nearing the close of our current card swap. There’s still time to participate so hopefully you will be able to find the time to squeeze out 1o cards to send in and in return you will receive 10 different cards from various participants.

Here are the details just in case you missed out:

  • This card swap will not have any particular theme.
  • The only requirements is that you send ten cards with envelopes to be received at the ScrapbookSteals warehouse by February 16th.
  • Cards can be sent to this address:

ATTN: Card Swap
2181 California Ave., #400
Salt Lake City, UT  84104

  • After sending your cards please send me an email to, letting me know to be on the lookout for your cards.

Unity Stamp Company, Yearography Stamps

Today we are taking a small break from our regular How To’sday as we have an amazing treat today from one of the design team members of the Unity Stamp Company, demonstrating a couple of examples of what you can do with today’s steal, the Yearography Stamps.

Angie Blom, shows us two gorgeous examples of mad stamping skills!

I am absolutely in awe of this layout that Angie has created.I love the graceful balance of white space and strong lines. I love that she has incorporated the stamps to create exquisite finishing touches to a beautiful vintagy-keepsake.

Angie also created this layered card using the “be happy” stamp as the the sentiment. I love the splash of yellow.

For those of you that know me, you know that stamping is definitely not my forte, but today’s stamps have truly inspired me. This year I decided that I wanted to try hard to focus on the positive things in life which I am grateful for. Not only the big things but the little things. I’m documenting one thing each day that I am thankful for and creating a 365 Days of Gratitude journal. While stamping scares the bejeebies out of me I know these stamps will be the perfect thing to create my journal and add the perfect finishing touches! I’m so excited about this that I may even be brave enough to show you all once it’s well underway!

For now be sure to check out Angie’s blog, as well as the Unity Stamp Company blog for lots of stamping inspiration.

I’ll see you tomorrow for our next Mid Week Mojo and the winner of the Garnet 4 drawing. Have a great day.

How To’sday | Custom Alphabet Stickers

So your sweet husband/boyfriend/special other decided to take it upon himself to do a little scrappy shopping for you for Christmas and decided to get you Thickers. A bunch of Thickers. Only problem is he decided to get you a lifetime supply of white ones figuring they would go with anything. Well guess what — he was right. :)

Today Misty Buck shows us how to take those basic white foamy alphabet stickers and alter them to suit any crafty color need.

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  • foam alphabet stickers
  • ink pad
  • heating tool
  • rubber stamp

Step 1: Choose letters to alter and place them on a ink-proof surface.

Step 2: Cover the surface of the letters with desired color of ink.

Step 3: Gently heat surface of inked stickers until foam softens. “Stamp” surface of letters with a rubber stamp to create texture.

Step 4: Use custom colored and textured letters on project of your choice!

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Misty, thanks so much for sharing your fun idea with us. Now all of those white stickers can be dressed up to suit your every need. :)

If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us for a How To’sday tutorial then don’t be shy! We’d love to see what you have up your crafty sleeve. You can send photos and text to and I will add you to the lineup.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for our first guest sketcher of the new year! It’s a day you do not wish to miss.

Sweet Stamp Shop

Today’s steal, stamp sets by Sweet Stamp Shop, have got to be some of the cutest stamps on the planet. You girls are in for a huge treat today as we are lucky enough to be featuring projects created just for today, by the design team members of Sweet Stamp Shop. These girls are stamping queens! Be sure to click on their names so that you can check out their own personal blogs for oodles of additional inspiration.

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Julie Murray

Savannah O’Gwynn

Donna Mikasa

Aga Malyszek

Genevieve Cassady

Leigh Ann Baird

Nicole Rixon

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Thank you sweet, Sweet Stamp Shop girls for sharing with us today. Your projects are fantastic and it was a true delight to partner up with you.

Have a great weekend everyone! I’ll see you Monday for a little Monday Card Madness.